Right-wing media was quick with attacks and smears, especially focusing on her identity, the fact that she is a Black, LGBTQ woman
“This state is governed by the interest of the people of the state of Florida, not based on the demands of California corporate executives"
Johnson falsely suggested support for LGBTQ rights is “the kind of stuff that is society & civilization killers”
Fox figures repeatedly deadnamed and misgendered Thomas and used the story to attack gender-affirming health care
The group advocates to modify curriculum to exclude the teaching of “critical race theory” & sex education in the name of “parental rights”
"If he doesn't get recalled, I pity the people of California- It's a shame, honestly you kind of get the government you deserve."
Gay conservative Richard Grenell is calling for people to catalog supposed instances of voter fraud in the recall election on his website
Right-wing figures blaming LGBTQ inclusion plus spreading false claim the U.S. embassy in Kabul flew a Pride flag ahead of Taliban takeover
Most of these opposition groups purport to be homegrown & grassroots, all have access to numerous national right-wing organizations.